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Guns Or F-16s

Thursday, May 30, 2002

So Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta would rather let an F-16 shoot down a hijacked airplane than let pilots carry guns in the cockpit. That`s the inescapable conclusion to be drawn from the Transportation`s announcement last week that it won`t arm pilots. Unlikely as a replay of September 11 may be, the message of Mr. Mineta`s decision is clear: America still isn`t serious about defending itself. If the intelligence failures that led to that tragic day are perhaps understandable, the failure to take obvious steps in its aftermath is not.

Read Original at: Wall Street Journal`s Opinion Journal

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